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How to Find the Right Assisted Living Home for Your Loved One

Assisted living facilities are designed for mainly independent seniors who need assistance with certain daily activities, like bathing, medication reminders, or transportation. Also offered in such facilities are health care services (emergency and non-emergency), health and fitness programs, social activities, recreation, and more.

While we all want to give our loved ones the best assisted living conditions, not all of these facilities are created equal. This is why it’s important to spend some time reviewing your options so you can indeed choose the best.

How to start? Explore the different assisted living communities in your desired area, creating a shortlist. Then call each one and ask for an appointment. You may have to set aside time for this, but you will have peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is in a happy and safe community.

While going through your options, use the following as a guide:

The Staff

Let’s start with the members of the staff. They have to be well-trained, but that’s a given. What usually makes the difference is their attitude. Choose a community where the staff are compassionate and have and genuine.

Staff-to-Resident Ratio

On top of good training and sincerity, assisted living staff should also have enough care providers for all the residents. Regardless of their good attitude or training, they will never be enough if their numbers are not enough.

Care Plan in Black and White

Find out if the residents in a facility you’re considering have a written care plan each. If not, some of their needs may remain unidentified and thus unmet.

Adaptability

It is also important to know whether or not a facility can take care of your loved one’s future needs. Definitely, you should go with a facility that is prepared to address them.

Holistic Environment

Just because they have aged doesn’t mean their needs are confined to the physical. Like us, they also need socialization, entertainment and spiritual food. Find a place where all of these things are present.

Other Considerations

There can be a million other things to check when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, but remember to consider the basics. For example, the kitchen. It should be clean, and the service should be good. Visit during mealtime so you will see the actual dynamics. Another basic is call buttons. There should be enough.

You can also spend time in the outdoor area and observe the residents’ interactions. You can see signs of happiness or dissatisfaction just by looking at them talk to each other.

Before you choose an assisted living facility for a loved one, be sure to compare at least two or three options beforehand. You can’t say a certain facility is the best if you don’t have any point of reference.

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